Old & New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary
Strong's #2777 - κεφαλίς
- a little head
- the highest part, extremity of anything
- as the capital of a column
- the tips or knobs of the wooden rod around which parchments were rolled were called by this word, because they resembled little heads
- the Alexandrian writers transferred the name to the roll or volume itself
- in the roll of the book
κεφᾰλ-ίς, ίδος, ἡ,
I Dim. of κεφαλή, little head, σκορόδου Luc. DMeretr. 14.3; head of a nail, Ath. 11.488c; extremity, τῶν σκυταλίδων Antyll. ap. Orib. 44.23.74.
II capital of a column, Ph. 2.147, Chor. p.118 B. (pl.), PLond. 3.755v6 (iv A.D.), Gp. 14.6.6 (pl.): pl., = κρόσσαι, Eust. 903.6.
III toe-cap of a shoe, Arist. Rh. 1392a31, cf. Anon.ad loc.; of the foot of a table, Aristeas 68. rope attached to the bow of a ship, Polyaen. 3.9.38 (pl.). κ. βιβλίου roll, LXX Ezekiel 2:9, Psalms 39:8(38).8, al.
κεφαλίς , -ίδος , ἡ
(dimin. of κεφαλή ),
1. a little head.
2. an extremity, capital (of a column).
3. (As in Exodus 2:9, Psalms 40:8, Ezra 6:2) a roll: κ . βιβλίου , Hebrews 10:7 (LXX).†
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From meaning the ";little head"; or ";capital"; of a column (cf. P Lond 755 cited s.v. βάσις) it is said that κεφαλίς came to be used of the ";knob"; (cornu) at the end of the stick round which a papyrus roll was wound, but no instance of this sense has been found. For the usage in Hebrews 10:7 (from Psalms 39:8 [MT Psalms 40:8]), in addition to the LXX passages (Ezekiel 2:9; Ezekiel 3:1 ff., 2 Esdras 6:2), we may appeal to Ephrem 2 (Migne 65. 168) : ἔχοντα ἐπὶ χεῖρας κεφαλίδα, τούτεστι τόμον γεγραμμένον ἔσωθεν καὶ ἔξωθεν, where Birt (Rhein. Mus. N.F. lxii. ( 1907), p. 488) understands κεφαλίς as = ";roll"; : cf. Gardthausen Grieck, Palaeographie.2 i. p. 141.
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